For Nigeria to curb the incidence
of social vices or restiveness among the youths that has become prevalent and
taken an alarming proportion, a dynamic empowerment programmes that would boost
their productive and creative capacities should be initiated and executed by
the various government and non-governmental organizations as an antidote.
An Associate Professor with the
Department of Sociology, Nigeria Policy Academy, Wudil, Kano State, Umar Shehu
Usman made this assertion while delivering a paper titled “Curbing the social
vices among the youths in Keffi” in a one-day symposium organized by the coalition
of Keffi youths and students at the Assembly Hall of the Nasarawa State
University Keffi, recently.
The university don further
suggested that there should be a comprehensive empowerment of traditional
policing mechanism, encouraging the youths with traditional awards based on
their merits or contributions as well as the implementation of social
investment programmes while private businesses should also be made to engage in
corporate social responsibility projects especially those to do with job and
Dr. Usman maintained that for the
youths to become responsible future leaders, the present leaders must endeavour
to always lead by example in their public and private conducts, saying that
such attribute would encourage them even engage in community development
projects and programmes as well as become creative and self-dependent.
Speaking about the proximity of
the area to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Dr. Usman suggested that the Federal
Capital Development Authority should be prevailed upon to invest in facilities
that would directly cushion the effects of the socio-economic pressures it
brought to Keffi adding that concerted efforts should be made to key into the
agricultural programmes of the Buhari-led administration through the
establishment of the youth empowerment programmes, viable agriculture, business
education centres among others.
Earlier in his opening remarks,
the chairman of the occasion who is also the Dan Iyan Keffi, Alhaji Abubakar
Sadiq Isyaku cautioned the youths to avoid submitting themselves as willing
tools for destruction and other violent crimes saying that they should engage
in meaningful ventures and respect the dignity of labour.
He reminded that with their full
energies time and space, their chances of excelling in whatever lawful
profession they have taken or chosen is very bright as such they should always
trade the path of honour and use their creativities to become self-reliant and
responsible members of the society.
In his fatherly remarks, the Emir
of Keffi Alhaji Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III thanked the youths Coalition for
their initiative and assured them of his support to enable them succeed
especially that their efforts is towards social engineering and moral
Represented by the Pakacin Keffi
Alhaji Shamsuddeen Abubakar, the Emir tasked them not to relent in their
efforts towards re-building good moral values into the society and tasked all
the well-meaning people in the area to support them accordingly.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Chairman of the local organizing committee of the symposium contributed to the reality of today’s event. Comrade Suleiman Buhari observed that since Keffi Youths need impacting support, many among them need counseling to change their lives for better, therefore it is their collective responsibility to join hands and work it out.
He stated that the symposium would interact meaningfully about Keffi Youths and Keffi development and the discussion would not be on personal issues but on how to resolve in rebuilding good conduct of the youths and see the way forward.